Ireland continues its support of €200,000 to ensure reparative justice becomes a meaningful reality
Today, the Trust Fund for Victims (TFV) at the International Criminal Court (ICC) is delighted to announce a contribution of €200,000 from the Government of Ireland. Ireland has been a staunch supporter of the TFV since its earliest days and has recently committed a further financial voluntary contribution to the TFV this year, earmarked for the reparations reserve (€100,000) and the assistance reserve (€100,000). The TFV is once again able to count on the support of the Government of Ireland in its mission to realise reparative justice for the victims and survivors of the world's worst crimes.
Speaking on Ireland's support for the TFV and the Rome Statute, H.E. Kevin Kelly, Ambassador of Ireland to the Kingdom of the Netherlands said "Ireland has a long history of solidarity and support for the world's most vulnerable populations, including those who seek justice from the International Criminal Court. Our support for the Trust Fund for Victims is one such mechanism that enables us to provide financial aid and assistance to those who have endured unspeakable crimes. Our annual contribution to the TFV and continued support and engagement with the ICC and the Rome Statue system is very much in keeping with this aim and our core values".
TFV Executive Director Pieter De Baan thanked the Irish Government saying "the TFV extends its sincere gratitude to Ambassador Kelly and the Government of Ireland for their ongoing positive collaboration and unwavering commitment to victims of the most heinous crimes. Through this donation and our regular interactions Ireland shows itself, time and time again to be truly engaged with alleviating the harms done to innocent victims caught in the crossfire of atrocity crimes. Thanks to support of the Government of Ireland and all our donors we can work to give these survivors hope and dignity as they move forward with their lives.
On 14th December the Government of Ireland, as part of the Assembly of States Parties side events, co-hosts a virtual event with the Government of Sweden and the TFV on the topic of the TFV Now and Into 2021: A victim-centred and harm based approach to implementing reparations and assistance programmes.